01
Nov

Berg & Berg printed scarves — These just arrived in their webstore. At a healthy size of approximately 12” x 67”, they’re a great compliment to winter tailored clothing. Prices range from $77 for wool scarves to $154 for silk-cashmere-wool scarves. I think that makes them competitively priced in comparison to others in my silk-printed scarf roundup.

11
Oct

Men’s silk scarf roundup

I was lucky enough to pick up this silk scarf from Barney’s. I’d been debating on getting it for a while, but it sold out online. On a whim, I decided to contact their customer service department, who managed to track the last one in their inventory down to their Beverly Hills store. A sales rep there was kind enough to find it in their store, ring it up and mail it to me. 

Silk scarves have been on my mind for quite a while now. Admittedly, I first noticed them on Roger Sterling in the past season of “Mad Men” and thought it complimented the suit and overcoat look rather nicely. I don’t think it’d look coherent with more casual pieces, like waxed jackets, peacoats and duffle coats, but its smooth vibrancy contrasts quite well against heavy wool and cashmere coats while mimicking the sheen on your necktie. 

Unsurprisingly, they can be quite expensive, especially so if you want one that’s backed with wool or cashmere as well. I also preferred to find one around 65” to 70” in length and around 12” wide. You can go shorter, but you’d have to wear it mainly as a muffler, which restricts how you can tie it around your neck. 

As for where to buy, you best bet would be stopping in at a “trad” retail store. I recall Cable Car Clothiers in San Francisco having a great selection in stock when I visited in a paisley and medallion prints.

Drake’s London seems to have the widest variety of prints and types, ranging from silk in a tubular construction to an ancient madder and cashmere reversible scarf that looks phenomenal. Different stores stock different items, so you’ll want to poke around if that’s in your budget (or even if you want to drool over .JPEG files). 

Should you get a silk scarf instead of one made of cashmere or wool? Probably not. Your run-of-the-mill wool and cashmere scarves will be much more versatile and still work with tailored overcoats — and will be quite warm. But if you’re looking for something a bit more luxurious and you find yourself wearing suits daily, it’s hard to argue against having a silk scarf as part of your wardrobe. 

I’ve compiled a roundup of silk scarves below, but I didn’t show all the colors an variations the different brands and retailers have available. The prices vary quite wildly and I suppose it’s just a matter of what your tastes and budget happens to be. 

+++++

Brooks Brothers

Lands’ End

Dolce & Gabbana

Etro

J.Press

Drake’s London at Mr Porter

Drake’s London at O’Connell’s

Drake’s London at A Suitable Wardrobe

Drake’s London

Hugo Boss

Forzieri

Yves Saint Laurent

Lanvin

Burberry Prosum

Berg & Berg

Gant Rugger

Paul Stuart

Austin Reed

Farrell

Dion

Ben Silver

06
Feb
shrinestyle:

Drake’s Spring Scarves at Shrine. A Lightweight option to keep warm and stay stylish during those last few brisk months.
Come in and take a look at Shrine - 47 E Oak St. Chicago, IL

I’m slowly coming around to the idea of a spring scarf, however, those colors are very attractive.

shrinestyle:

Drake’s Spring Scarves at Shrine. A Lightweight option to keep warm and stay stylish during those last few brisk months.

Come in and take a look at Shrine - 47 E Oak St. Chicago, IL

I’m slowly coming around to the idea of a spring scarf, however, those colors are very attractive.

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22
Dec
New webshop alert: Exquisite Trimmings — If you stick around Tumblr long enough, then you’ll eventually come across photos on menswear blogs featuring guys wearing some fantastic neckwear that you realize you almost never see in retail shops near you. Brands like Rubinacci, E.G. Cappelli, Battisti, etc., aren’t exactly commonplace — let alone at potentially affordable prices. 
You begin to wonder, “Where does one find Pitti Uomo-level neckwear like that?” You maybe can find a few odd pieces here or there via StyleForum’s Buy & Sell or snipe one on eBay, but the selection is rather lacking. 
So, that’s why I was really interested in finding Exquisite Trimmings while lurking StyleForum one day, which stocks all sorts of neckwear, pocket squares and scarves from some well-known names in addition to the ones mentioned above: Drake’s, Brioni, Corneliani, E. Tautz, Ermenegildo Zegna and others — and at some really affordable prices for many of them. 
I asked the store owner, Shaya, if this was just a one-time offering, or if the store will continue to stock these items. As it turns out, Shaya’s planning to offer the future collections of E.G. Cappelli, Drake’s and Rubinacci in the future and have a greater variety available, too, starting next year.
I’d recommend signing up for the newsletter to get notified of new stock and coupon codes and you can follow exquisitetrimmings on Tumblr, too. 
And one more thing: If you use code “save15”, then you can get 15% off of your order and free shipping is included, too.

New webshop alert: Exquisite Trimmings — If you stick around Tumblr long enough, then you’ll eventually come across photos on menswear blogs featuring guys wearing some fantastic neckwear that you realize you almost never see in retail shops near you. Brands like Rubinacci, E.G. Cappelli, Battisti, etc., aren’t exactly commonplace — let alone at potentially affordable prices. 

You begin to wonder, “Where does one find Pitti Uomo-level neckwear like that?” You maybe can find a few odd pieces here or there via StyleForum’s Buy & Sell or snipe one on eBay, but the selection is rather lacking. 

So, that’s why I was really interested in finding Exquisite Trimmings while lurking StyleForum one day, which stocks all sorts of neckwear, pocket squares and scarves from some well-known names in addition to the ones mentioned above: Drake’s, Brioni, Corneliani, E. Tautz, Ermenegildo Zegna and others — and at some really affordable prices for many of them. 

I asked the store owner, Shaya, if this was just a one-time offering, or if the store will continue to stock these items. As it turns out, Shaya’s planning to offer the future collections of E.G. Cappelli, Drake’s and Rubinacci in the future and have a greater variety available, too, starting next year.

I’d recommend signing up for the newsletter to get notified of new stock and coupon codes and you can follow exquisitetrimmings on Tumblr, too. 

And one more thing: If you use code “save15”, then you can get 15% off of your order and free shipping is included, too.

13
Dec
Merino-cashmere blend scarf from John Hanly — I have one of these in wine-herringbone and really am pleased with it. Thick enough to be warm with enough length to wrap around into some decent knots. John Hanly’s been making scarfs for quite some time and supplies them to the likes of Polo Ralph Lauren, Barney’s and Liberty of London. Again, bright red is a great accent color instead of going with the more sober colors of navy or charcoal — at least in my opinion. 

Merino-cashmere blend scarf from John Hanly — I have one of these in wine-herringbone and really am pleased with it. Thick enough to be warm with enough length to wrap around into some decent knots. John Hanly’s been making scarfs for quite some time and supplies them to the likes of Polo Ralph Lauren, Barney’s and Liberty of London. Again, bright red is a great accent color instead of going with the more sober colors of navy or charcoal — at least in my opinion. 

26
Nov

Ccan you recommend some brands that I can find some gloves, beanies, & scarves?

- Asked by Anonymous

I could, but it’s hard to give recommendations without knowing price. 

I could just point you toward Dents gloves and Begg scarves, and tell you “buy the best!”, but that’s probably not what you’re looking for. 

For a decent pair of leather gloves, perhaps check out Nordstrom’s in-house cashmere lined gloves. I have a pair made of suede and they’re super cozy. They’ll run you about $70, but if you can hold out until their after-Christmas sale, they should be cheaper. 

For scarves, Johnston’s of Elgin often is recommended and there’s a bunch of models at Sierra Trading Post. There’s a lot of options out there for cashmere scarves, and it’s really more or less about how much you want to pay and if you can snag a deal. Put This On did a good primer on scarves

The one quality bargain find I stumbled across though are scarves made by John Hanly. They’ve been around since 1893, weaving and making scarves and blankets in Ireland. They’re suppliers to the likes of Ralph Lauren’s Polo line and Liberty of London. 

You can find their scarves for sale here, and extremely reasonable prices. I bought a merino wool one and am very, very happy with it. 

As for beanies, Well Spent found these for $9. I have one from L.L.Bean that I’m kind of on the fence about. It’s warm, but kind of too small for my head. I feel that knit hats are kind of the sort of thing you have to try on.

15
Aug

I HAVE A BEAUTIFUL LAMBS WOOL SCARF BY GANT. UNFORTUNATELY IT'S TOO LONG BUT BY HALVING IT I COULD GET TWO. PROBLEM IS EVERYBODY SAYS IT CAN'T BE DONE 'COS IT WOULD FRAY WHERE CUT. IS THERE A SOLUTION.

- Asked by Anonymous

First, please don’t use ALL CAPS, ever. It’s the equivalent of shouting at the reader and makes what you’re saying harder to read.

In regards to your question, I wouldn’t cut the scarf. Why not just wrap it around your neck a few times or wear it with a different knot? A Suitable Wardrobe has a great video about how to wear a scarf.

31
Jan
31
Jan

The $17 made-in-America nordic & tartan wool scarf

Check out these awesome scarves from Amana Woolen Mills in nordic and tartan prints. Not only are they 100-percent wool and made in America, but they’re cheap — $17, if you can believe it.

Even funnier, these same scarves were selling for $166, as pointed out by dieworkwear (who you should give a follow and deserves credit for this find).

14
Dec
Snagged this black-watch Pendleton wool scarf off of eBay for $17 (shipped). Boom!

Snagged this black-watch Pendleton wool scarf off of eBay for $17 (shipped). Boom!

13
Dec

Cashmere sweater & scarf for $129 from Ireland? Yup.

While searching around for some donegal cardigans yesterday, I stumbled across the site for Blarney Woollen Mills and was rather shocked to find a rather incredible deal they have going on for the holidays: $129 for a crewneck cashmere elbow-patch sweater and matching scarf — shipped from Ireland — in colors of camel, grey and lavender.

They’re also running a deal on these donegal crewneck and v-neck pullovers for $100. And they have quite a bit of winter staple accessories, like these handknit aran gloves for $20. That sounds like a nice deal to me if you’re in the market for these things.

Granted, I have no idea about the fit, quality, etc., but I haven’t found anything negative about them yet with some initial googling.

Sadly, you’ve probably missed the opportunity to get items from them shipped to you before Christmas, but I thought I’d pass this find along.

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A menswear blog on finding your personal style, written by Kiyoshi Martinez.

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